2016 Diary

2016 Diary

Happy New Year! (I hope I'm not too late with the well wishes.)

For the past two years, I've written annual blog diaries to highlight some cool, noteworthy things I’ve done throughout the year to help me be more grateful for my life. These annual blog diaries also include documented moments of growth in my business. This may sound like a weird, vain, or possibly silly concept, but it has worked for me in the past. Although I will no longer document accomplishments in this way, my annual blog diaries helped me learn the importance of gratitude. The simple things in life really do matter. (NOTE: I deleted a lot of info because I felt it wasn’t for the public.) Nevertheless, these notes are still pretty transparent.

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One Reason Why I Became A Teacher

One Reason Why I Became A Teacher

In honor of World Teacher's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to write a blog post on the one reason why I chose to become a teacher. Don't worry, it'll be brief.

Because there are so many reasons why teaching is my profession of choice (coupled with writing), I will narrow it down to the most important reason: TEACHING CHOSE ME! Cheesy, i know. But it's the truth.

It was my third year in college that my friend, Natalie, told me about her tutoring gig, a gig that would soon turn into MY career. I never considered teaching as an occupational path in my youth, but I visited Natalie's job to see if I was fit for the "professional educator" journey. I think I sampled it (and tutored a group of middle school students for a few minutes) on that very same day. Apparently, things went well because I started working with the tutoring company shortly after.

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How to Write Through Pain

How to Write Through Pain

#AltonSterling

#PhilandoCastile

...and to the countless others who've lost their lives to police brutality, I mourn with your families.

I am neither here to debate why these murders were justified, nor am I here to talk about how uncomfortable I am to be black in America. Instead, I am here to simply talk about pain and how to push past it.

You see, I've always written in my journal(s) or listened to music to help me get through trauma as a child. Nowadays, I write more. These past few days have been filled with disheartening national news (per usual); however, my sadness was primarily due to the injustice within the news. The murders of U.S. citizens Alton Sterling and Philando Castile really struck a nerve with me (for obvious reasons, but also) because these unfair deaths were hours apart. Different bodies, but the same results: murder without consequences. 

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2015 Diary

2015 Diary

Happy New Year!

2016 has been amazing for me, thus far. Hopefully, you guys have the same testimony. Instead of me talking about how grateful I am for another year, I'm gonna follow the same new year process I started last year where I list highlights of the previous year--broken down into months--showcasing the new and/or exciting things I've accomplished and learned.

click here to read my 2014 diary, otherwise, continue reading:

JANUARY

-Released my first short story fiction on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday (although Amazon says a different date)

-Visited the eatery "Lemonade " in Manhattan Beach and fell in love with it

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30 Life Lessons I Learned at Age 30.

30 Life Lessons I Learned at Age 30.

Below are a few things I picked up along the way in these 30 short years of my life:

  1. Although I've been out of grade school for years, I still want to go school shopping every Fall
  2. Confidence will sort of just come out of nowhere
  3. You'll care about people's opinions less, however, people's opinions will still hold some weight
  4. You'll get along with your parents more because you will understand them more
  5. You'll realize that your parents put up with your attitude (as a child) far too long
  6.  You'll start to say things like, “I remember when…”, and “when I was your age…”
  7. You'll despise current music and have an iTunes/Google Play/Amazon library that is filled with music from the 90s and early 00s
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3 Beauty Secrets I Learned At Age 30

3 Beauty Secrets I Learned At Age 30

Wassup, good people!

I thought today would be a great day for some beauty advise/tips/secrets! I don't know what it is about 30, but all of a sudden things are just clicking. For instance, my low maintenance beauty regimen is finally working out in my favor, and I'm pretty geeked. How geeked? I'm so geeked, I'm writing a blog about the 3 beauty secrets I learned at age 30. With sharing this info, I hope to help someone else save their coins and time.

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1 || Use Products Before Buying New Products

Don't be a product junkie. It's not a good look. Stick to the things you really need--which is hard when we live in a world with YouTube (monthly) favorites. But if you live in a smaller house like I do, then seeing a million product bottles will drive you crazy. Do yourself a favor and stay sane.

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3 Reasons You Must Visit the MOCA Museum in L.A.

3 Reasons You Must Visit the MOCA Museum in L.A.

Okay, I like visiting museums. So what makes the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) one of the best museums in Los Angeles, in my opinion? Well, there are three 3 things that make me feel this way.

1 || Diverse Art

There are more than hanging abstract paintings, there are physical art forms, like 3D-you-can-actually-touch art.

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